Why use SpeakQ?

SpeakQ makes the mechanical aspects of writing even easier so that students can be more productive. SpeakQ focuses upon verbal skills that are often much greater than physical writing/typing. The focus is on whole words and phrases and not the letters that make up those words.

I am having trouble getting SpeakQ to recognize my microphone during training.

Some USB headsets have drivers that may have trouble integrating with Windows 7. Only certain models of headsets function correctly, they need to be "Windows 7 certified" (although we have encountered some "certified" models that do not work either). The problem is that during training, there is a lag between the audio output and the microphone input which does not allow microphone input. This is a Microsoft driver issue that we cannot correct. Please note that this only occurs during the training, once training is completed there are no known issues at this time.

To bypass this issue and allow SpeakQ to function properly please try one of the following:

Direct the sound through the speakers rather than the headset this "lag" does not occur. Right-click the speaker icon in the lower right hand toolbar. Open playback devices and set speakers as the default device, leaving the headset as the default recording device.


From the Start Menu select control panel

  1. Select Ease of Access Center
  2. Select Use the computer without a mouse of Keyboard
  3. Select Use Speech Recognition
  4. Select Start Speech Recognition
*Note that microphone setup may be required*

With speech recognition program "listening" open WordQ and begin training.

*Note that speech recognition engine may ask "what was that?" and provide a notification chime until training has been completed at least once.

Who is SpeakQ for?

SpeakQ is designed primarily for persons with learning disabilities who cannot use other speech recognition products because they cannot fluently dictate at a fast rate, remember speech commands, read what is being recognized, or get through training.

Why use SpeakQ over other speech recognition products?

SpeakQ is intended for those who have been unsuccessful with other commercial speech recognition products but could benefit from speech recognition, word prediction and speech feedback.

How does SpeakQ work?

  • SpeakQ offers simplified training where you just listen to the computer speak and repeat after it. You can use training texts provided that match your reading level or you can write your own training texts.
  • You can then dictate directly into any document or dictate into the word prediction list where your speech is combined with the word prediction.
  • You can dictate individual words or phrases.
  • Recognized words and phrases are spoken back so you know immediately whether it is what you want or not. Alternative recognitions can also be spoken.
  • To keep it simple, there are no speech commands. You only dictate text.
  • You can type, use word prediction, or speak-to-write at any point in your writing
  • Speech-enabled word prediction helps you make corrects. That is, speech recognition alternatives become a localized “topic” that focus and improve the accuracy of the word prediction.

Is SpeakQ good for note-taking?

No. SpeakQ is not a good tool for note-taking in class or meetings, because the notetaker would have to be speaking and listening at the same time. It is better for writing assignments and reports.

I have a student who would be perfect for SpeakQ but he uses too many interjections- ie: "um." Is there any way to make the software less likely to pick those up?

What you're describing is typical of someone who is thinking while dictating. This is generally not a good idea with any speech recognition technology, because it negatively affects the users concentration on speaking clearly and precisely.

The multi-tasking of thinking, planning, prioritizing and speaking at the same time is too much for many users. Users should be advised to plan and rehearse in their mind what they want to say, first. Even if it's only a word or a phrase, it only takes a second and results go up dramatically. This allows them to concentrate on speaking as a separate step.

Most people imagine they should leave the microphone ON, speak at will, and it will write paragraph after paragraph auto-magically. But, the process rarely ever works that well, because it requires performing a lot of mental activities while speaking.

Saying 'um', 'uh', 'like', pausing mid-sentence and drawling on words is often evidence that a writer needs time to think and doesn't know what to say next.

This is one reason why we developed "Speak & Select", so that users can speak in manageable chunks.

Another key factor for success is turning the microphone OFF between chunks. Actively turning the microphone off, encourages planning and rehearsing, and cuts down on problems resulting from background noise.

Over time, many users will often learn to perform the multiple tasks simultaneously to dictate non-stop while achieving optimal recognition. At which point, they will want to consider changing WordQ+SpeakQ's Speak & Select setting to Speak Continuously.

Refer to our online tutorial videos for more information.

Can I use SpeakQ hands-free?

No. SpeakQ is intended to be used along with keyboard entry for editing and for selecting choices in the Speak and Select mode.

Can I move about my document and control Windows through speech?

To keep it simple, speech commands have been eliminated in SpeakQ. You can only enter text and punctuation.

How do I move a SpeakQ file from one computer to another?

You can move a SpeakQ profile from one machine to another, but only if the two machines are running the same version of Windows. Going from an old computer to a new computer there is a large chance that the version of Windows would be different.

To copy a profile from one machine to the other:

  1. Go to Options->Speech Recognition
  2. Click on "Back-Up"
  3. Save the resulting zip file
  4. Move the zip file to the new computer by a method such as a USB key or e-mail
  5. Go to Options->Speech Recognition on the new computer
  6. Click on "Restore"
  7. Find the zip file and load it into SpeakQ.

If I quit/exit the Speech Recognition Training before it is finished does it save what I have done?

Yes, SpeakQ will save any training you have completed at any point.

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